From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date April 23, 2022 7:41 AM
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Dear John,

Once again this week the Conservatives are in chaos over Boris Johnson and
his government’s lockdown law-breaking. As the Prime Minister fled to
India on Wednesday, he left behind a party turning itself in knots over
whether to refer him to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee.

After a chaotic few days, the government decided to let Labour’s motion
pass unopposed to save Conservative MPs from having to reveal their
position on the matter. This means the committee will investigate whether
the Prime Minister has deliberately lied to Parliament, and we can set the
record straight once and for all.

In the debate, Labour leader Keir Starmer summed up the mood of the nation
towards this law-breaking Prime Minister by describing the situation as a
‘joke’. The contrast could not be clearer: a law-breaking Prime
Minister who lies and evades accountability whenever he can versus a Labour
leader who has dedicated his life to public service, delivering justice for
victims of crime, and upholding the law.

As I write, more police fines are being issued for another party held in
Downing Street during the first lockdown in May 2020, which the Prime
Minister also attended.

As this Conservative government is mired in scandal and fails to face up to
the biggest issues facing our country – the cost of living crisis,
spiralling NHS waiting times, and rising crime – I have been getting on
with campaigning for Birmingham residents on their behalf.



As MPs debated the Building Safety Bill on Wednesday, I was proud to join
the ‘End Our Cladding Scandal’ protest outside Parliament. Accompanied
by BrumLag and HemLag, along with campaigners across the country, we sent a
powerful message to the Government.

Nearly five years since the Grenfell tragedy, it is a scandal that
thousands of families are still trapped in unsafe, unsellable homes that
they bear no blame for, yet could be forced to pay thousands to repair.

I have campaigned to protect leaseholders from exorbitant cladding
remediation costs at every stage of this Bill, and I voted on Wednesday
again to do just that. Sadly, the Conservatives voted against Labour’s
amendments that would have ensured all leaseholders, irrespective of
circumstance, are protected from paying for a crisis they didn’t cause.

As I said to campaigners at the rally, MPs would not be able to do their
work without brilliant activists like the leaseholders at Hemisphere
Apartments in my constituency. We did not get what we wanted on Wednesday,
but this campaign has made some great gains along the way. Labour will
continue to demand justice for every blameless individual caught up in this


Today I wrote a piece for the Times about the government's forthcoming (and
long overdue) International Development Strategy.

While wars rage in Africa, the Middle East and now Europe, the world is
still reeling from the pandemic and climate breakdown accelerates daily, an
ambitious International Development Strategy is needed now more than ever.

Britain’s world-leading development expertise is vital to help prevent
future conflicts, pandemics and refugee crises. Yet at a time of multiple
massive global challenges, £4.6 billion cuts to overseas aid has left
Britain less safe, less secure and sidelined on the world stage.

If the International Development Strategy is to restore Britain's role in
the world and deliver for the British people, it must rise to the occasion
and pass five basic tests.

Click the link below to read more.




Over the past few weeks I have been delivering leaflets and knocking on
doors alongside our fantastic local Labour candidates for the council
elections taking place on Thursday 5th May.

Across Harborne, Edgbaston, Quinton and Bartley Green, constituents are
telling me they are sick of this government acting like it’s one rule for
them, and another for everyone else. We need action on the cost of living,
on record NHS waiting times, and to tackle antisocial behaviour that has
been blighting our neighbourhoods.

In these elections, our local Labour candidates are standing on a plan to
keep our streets cleaner, make our communities safer and give our children
a better future.

This means keeping weekly waste collections and Mobile Household Recycling
Centres to get rid of your bulky waste for free; bringing extra investment
into Birmingham to create 100,000 new jobs; upgrading our council houses to
make them greener and cheaper to heat; investing in youth services to
tackle knife crime and get young people into work; and making sure every
community in Birmingham benefits from the Commonwealth Games.

These elections are opportunity to send a clear message to the
Conservatives and elect Labour councillors who are on your side and will
work tirelessly on the issues that matter most.

If you are a constituent and would like to get involved, to lend some spare
time you may have between now and May 5th, please get in touch.


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